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Winter in Siouxland, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD

13 Jan

While visiting a farm show held in a sporting venue of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD, I took a little walk around campus. It was a cold, cold day with the temperature hovering around 10 degrees. And of course there was a breeze. Which made the cold feel even colder.

Tracks through the snow frozen in place on an extremely cold day at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Even with the sun shining it was cold and very deceiving. It might have been a picture perfect day with a dazzling blue sky and some clouds, but I was chilled when I later ducked into the student center for some coffee and a warm up. Luckily it was open. The students would be returning that weekend to begin their spring semester. As I have gotten older I appreciate picture perfect days, but prefer them with temperatures in the 60’s.

A cold and crisp day prior to the start of spring classes at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

The towers of Old Main stand out against a blue sky on an extremely cold day at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

I ran into a couple of people I assumed were professors preparing for the next semester. Unlike some students I photographed a year or so ago, these two were dressed for the weather. Experience and age does teach a few things.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Braving the cold on a chilly day before classes for the spring semester start at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Learning what’s new Agriculturally in Siouxland, Dakota Farm Show, Vermillion, SD

7 Jan

The past week I took a trip to Vermillion, SD to see what is new in the world of agriculture at the Dakota Farm Show here in Siouxland. At least what is new to me since I don’t farm, but grew up on one. I always find the advances in technology for farming to be fascinating. But I guess I was more interested in the transformation of the Dakota Dome, the sporting athletic complex which the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, and home to the Coyotes or “Yotes” for short. The school’s football games and basketball games as well as track meets are held in the Dome.

This particular day there weren’t many students to be found, although to be fair, the spring semester had not yet started, and so those folk making “tracks” on the track were a bit older.

Three attendees take off on the track but are not competing in any competition while attending the Dakota Farm Show in the Dakota Dome at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

And there was quite a bit of diversity of product for area farmers and those involved in the agricultural industry to check out. With many, many booths covering the entire floor area along some machinery.

The floor area of the Dakota Dome is filled with agriculture products or related items at the Dakota Farm Show on the campus of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Farm equipment and related items fill the floor area in the Dakota Dome at the Dakota Farm Show on the campus of the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga)

Very similar to what one might find at a home and garden show, the concept being the same, just that the wares here help feed a nation’s and world population which is kind of amazing.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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